Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
The spectroscopy and imaging research department focuses on the research, development, and integration of optic/photonic tools and methods for
The implementation of microspectroscopic imaging methods and instruments and the implementation of fiber, chip, and nanoparticle-based methods together with molecular chip-based point-of-care concepts form the basis of this department’s research activities. One main focus is in the area of methodical development in the transfer of promising methods and partial modules to utilizable systems. In addition to multimodal imaging, compact optical detection systems are researched that can be integrated using new components for spectral sensor technology and imaging combined with microfluidic functional elements. Furthermore, topics such as visualization and digitalization both in the area of instrumentation and control and in the area of data processing are part of the research activities.
The search for new molecular and functional contrast mechanisms, their implementation into innovative spectral optical methods, and the instrumentation that builds on this basis are a key challenge. Two complementary approaches are being pursued: While a top-down approach based on physical measurement methods can be used to increase specificity and sensitivity, the research, development, and integration of innovative markers and labels take a bottom-up approach to chemical contrasting.
The research, development, and implementation of innovative technologies and methods are aimed, in particular, at